We’ve all heard someone exclaim, “I can’t believe that!” (Maybe you heard yourself say it!) But is that really a true assessment of the situation? Is that person really incapable of believing? No! Believing is a choice. It’s not that the person can’t believe, it’s that they won’t believe. You are capable of choosing to believe whatever you want to believe!
For example: If your friend tells you something incredible, you would probably be inclined to “believe” it because your friend has a track record with you. So, even though what your friend tells you something that’s seems so far out, you’re inclined it believe it because of your friendship. You choose to believe. It’s a choice regardless of whether or not the facts line up with your thinking.
How much more should we choose to believe God, Who doesn’t lie and is only out for our good?
Another example is electricity. Most of us don’t have more than a passing knowledge of how electricity works but that doesn’t stop us from using it. It’s the same with tv and radio waves. We don’t have to have a full understanding of those things before we make the choice to “run with it.”
By now you’ve probably guessed where I’m going with this message. You don’t have to have a full understanding of God’s Word in order to choose to believe it. It’s a choice that anyone can make. In fact, in most cases regarding God’s Word, you have to choose to believe it first, and then the understanding comes. That’s really how you got saved. You didn’t understand everything about salvation before you got saved. But once you made the choice to believe that Jesus paid the price to redeem you from your sins, you then began to understand how much it really cost and how precious you are to God.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 3:3 (KJV) 3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
John 6:64 (KJV) 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
This is Jesus! And some of them didn’t choose to believe Him—the Holy, Son of God, Who only spoke what the Father told Him to speak! You can’t get more truthful and accurate than that!
Then there’s the apostle Paul.
Acts 28:24 (KJV) 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
Paul, who wrote 2/3 to 3/4 of the NewTestament, still encountered people who chose not to believe the Word of God that He preached.
You see, you can choose to believe anything you want. The unsaved do that all the time. They’re into all kinds of whacky things thinking they’re so smart, but they’re really following the devil and that path leads right to hell.
I challenge you today to make a quality decision that you will believe the Word of God, no matter what. No matter if you understand if fully or not. Just commit to honoring God by believing His Word. Then, as you continue in the Word, understanding and revelation will come and you’ll be so glad you made the right choice!